Roll up, roll up for the best show in town this weekend!
Chief Umpire Leslie Ingram-Brown gives a short presentation to an attentive audience at 08.00 this morning!
Eve Muirhead got her chance to skip the GB Olympic Squad team this morning, with Jackie Lockhart, Karen Addison and Lorna Vevers. Kelly Wood is the alternate. The team was against Eve's third from the World Junior Championships last season, Kerry Barr, who probably enjoyed the experience of demolishing the big team - it was all over after seven. You can find all the scores from the event here.
World Champion Jennifer Jones is here with her Canadian team. They beat Siderova's Russians after an extra end in their first game.
So too is Bingyu Wang (aka Betty to her friends) from China, here practising last night.
The Draw Shot Distance is used to decide last stone advantage these days, so why is Umpire Ian Addison tossing a coin? Did both teams cover the poppy? No. What happened was that the Russians, playing first came up short. The Japanese put it in the rings... but kicked it away before the umpires could measure. That means the stone doesn't count (check your rulebook) and so the coin toss was used to decide! I remember when this game of ours was SO much simpler!
Team EYOF? What's that, some were wondering. Curling Today thinks it stands for 'Team Every Young Ones' Friends'. Actually it is the team going to the European Youth Olympic Festival in Poland next month. The girls beat Gail Munro in their first outing. More later.
Who is this young Swede? Actually it is our own Katie Stevenson, drafted in to sub for Anna Hasselborg who lost a player due to illness. Get well soon Sabina. Good to see Katie who hails from Lockerbie on the ice again.
Katie's skip Anna Hasselborg.
We like the sponsorship which we think must be a pub in Stockholm?
Tributes to the hard working organising committee. Here is co-chairman Kirsty Letton who was involved in the Glasgow Kelvin Hall Silver Broom when she was just a lass in 1985. I wonder where they found the banner for this weekend?
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